What if the Americans who came before us kept silent?

06 Aug 2019 | 05:27

    To the Editor:
    If you deny anyone else the right to say what you think is wrong, it will not be long before you yourself will lose the right to say what you think.
    If our forefathers did not join in the sentiment of the Boston Tea Party in 1775, would we be a country today, or still British subjects? If the abolitionists of the early 19th century kept silent, how much longer may slavery have existed? If the suffragettes of the early 20th century had not the bravery to demand the right to vote, how much longer would they have been denied that right? When would all Americans have been guaranteed their right to vote if not for the marches of the 1960s? If those opposed to the Vietnam War hadn't spoken out, how long would that war have lasted with thousands more American lives lost?
    When Americans find something wrong with our country, we work to change if for the better. We do not accomplish that by leaving it, or telling others to leave. "I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
    That is the American way.
    Paul Kahres